Laurels
Best Portrait
Photographers in
Kansas City
2017

Why These Portrait Photographers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored portrait photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best portrait photographers in Kansas City, MO.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Adrienne Maples Photography

Adrienne Maples Photo Studio in Overland Park has been featured in Modern Bride, The Knot, Southern Bride, and other publications and has been seen on TV shows like David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding and Girl Meets Gown. The company specializes in capturing the emotional moments of weddings in a natural and unobtrusive way. The studio also offers professional portraits and other commercial photography services, senior pictures, and maternity and family photos.

Overland Park, MO(913) 549-3335

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Aubrey Erin Photography

Aubrey Erin Photography in Kansas City specializes in capturing the feel and excitement of life-changing events such as weddings and engagements in a spontaneous and organic way. Aubrey aims to tell a couple’s story with editorial-style images that sometimes contain a “vogue-like, vintage look.” The business also offers family portraits.

Kansas City, MO(816) 510-8832

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Bella Boudoir

Bella Boudoir of Kansas City seeks to highlight the beauty of women of all ages, shapes and sizes through sensual angles, lighting, and poses. Petra of Bella Boudoir directs two- to three-hour sessions starting at $425. Albums, wall art, and digital collections start at $600. One happy client said, “I was nervous about being nude in front of someone I didn't know. I'm modest by nature. Petra made me feel so comfortable. It was like hanging out with a close friend or a sister. All my fears quickly went away after we started taking pictures. Petra is a sweetheart....by the time I left, I felt I'd made a new friend.”

Kansas City, MO(816) 607-1267

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Bliss Photography

Bliss Photography in Overland Park offers posed photography sessions for high school senior pictures, family portraits, professional headshots, modeling portfolios, and more. Owner Carol Bliss has over 10 years of experience in photography and has a working partnership with professional hair and makeup artist Chanda Hutton, who has accumulated over 17 years of experience after attending Sunset Gower Studios Makeup Academy in Hollywood. Bliss Photography has a gallery and current specials posted on its website.

Overland Park, KS(913) 685-7556

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Colleen Salmans Photgraphy

Colleen Salmans Photography of Kansas City specializes in natural light portraits and prefers styled or theme-oriented sessions. Colleen photographs babies, children, tweens, families, and high school seniors. Colleen Salmans Photography has collaborated with fashion designers in the past. She also hosts “MOMtography” workshops for moms who wish to learn how to best capture the personalities of their children.

Kansas City, MO(816) 269-7474

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DNI Photography

DNI Photography is a Lenexa business that offers photography sessions for engagements, weddings, anniversaries, newborns, children, senior pictures, and family portraits. DNI Photography also photographs charity events like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the St. Regis 50th Anniversary 5K. DNI Photography runs specials from time to time where customers can either receive 25 percent off a session or choose to donate that 25 percent to a foundation the business is currently promoting.

Lenexa, MO(816) 536-2176

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Fountain City Studios

Fountain City Studios is a Kansas City photography and videography service that focuses its talents on senior pictures, lifestyle and family portraits, and commercial photo and video presentations and promotions. In the past, Fountain City Studios has served clients like McDonald’s, AAMCO, Lennox, and more.

Bucyrus, MO(913) 284-0226

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Freeland Photography

Freeland Photography is a business in Lee’s Summit that specializes in weddings, photographing newborns, children, and families, and senior portraits. Michael Freeland of Freeland Photography has over 20 years of experience in these areas and has recently expanded services to include headshots, corporate events, and other commercial photography needs. The studio’s work has been featured in advertising campaigns for companies like Comcast and InterContinental Hotels and has created images for clients like Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, and others.

Lee's Summit, MO(816) 272-5625

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Kdog Photographers

Kdog Photographers is a studio in Prairie Village that specializes in real-life portraits of families, new babies, pregnancies, engagements, and other exciting milestones. The husband-and-wife team documents weddings from ceremonies to receptions. Other services Kdog Photographers offers are business portraits of individuals and group shots of team members. The Knot and KC Magazine have both recognized Kdog Photographers with “Best of Weddings” and “Best Photographers in Kansas City” awards, respectively.

Prairie Village, MO(816) 753-8750

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Lake Forest Photography Studio

Lake Forest Photography Studio offers a range of services from wedding photography to headshots, family portraits, and lifestyle photography. Lifestyle photography aims to capture the “magic of the everyday,” whereas commercial photography sessions by Lake Forest Photography Studio work to shape a business’s public image and to give customers an inside look at that company’s “personality” and products. The studio also shoots boudoir sessions.

Bonner Springs, KS(913) 850-8827

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Laurel Austin Studio

Laurel Austin Studio is a photography business in Olathe that specializes in fashion photography and portraits of children, families, and high school seniors. Laurel Austin Studio has referrals for professional makeup artists on its website and has a page of preparation tips for those who may have a photo session coming up. Senior picture packages start at one hour of shooting, including three different looks, for $225.

Olathe, MO(913) 530-5249

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Portraits by Lucinda

Portraits by Lucinda in Olathe takes a photojournalistic approach to documenting engagements, weddings, families, pregnancies, babies, and more. The most basic wedding day package Portraits by Linda offers includes six hours of continuous photography, a 60-picture leatherbound photobook, multiple prints, and online viewing, and starts at $2800. The business offers maternity and “watch me grow” packages that document babies at three, six, and twelve months.

Olathe, MO(913) 626-8799

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Random Photography

Random Photography in Kansas City specializes in commercial and product photography, senior portraits, sports photography, pictures of pets, and creative works, like aerial photography and other styles. The photographer received training in photojournalism but has since focused his talents on these areas. Random Photography is willing to travel outside of Kansas for its clients.

Kansas City, MO(816) 914-5254

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Salt & Light Photography

Salt & Light Photography is a husband-and-wife team in Lee’s Summit that offers photography and videography for special occasions such as weddings and engagements. The team also offers portrait and boudoir photography sessions. Portrait sessions start at $750, and wedding packages start at $2,900, including engagement photos and two active photographers on location for the special day’s festivities. Regarding their wedding photography experience, one couple said, “Rachel and Austin made it so easy. It was just the right balance of guidance and execution on our special day that made our pictures and our experience more that we could have imagined.”

Lee's Summit, MO(816) 214-0117

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Sara Marie Photography

Sara Marie Photography is a business in Overland Park that shoots weddings and engagements and is comfortable with capturing intimate moments in either natural or posed settings. Sara received her BA of Fine Arts in Photography from Kansas State University and was recognized as a “Best of Weddings” photographer by The Knot in 2016. Her business has also been featured on Midwest Bride and Borrowed & Blue.

Overland Park, KS(913) 269-7799

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SmashGlam

SmashGlam is a professional makeup and photography studio in Kansas City that specializes in professional headshots, fashion editorials, commercial photography, and custom portraits. The business’s photographer and makeup artist had years of experience and worked together on many projects before deciding to form their own company in 2013 to “create the ultimate photoshoot experience,” SmashGlam has been featured publications like Institute Magazine, Pretty Pearl Bride, Community Investor, and others.

Kansas City, MO(816) 266-4324

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Studio 1930

Studio 1930 in Kansas City photographs weddings, creates model portfolios and specializes in high school senior portraits. Senior picture sessions start at $150 with unlimited outfit changes and typically last two to four hours. An online gallery is available for viewing and ordering prints. Studio 1930 offers a range of products from canvas photos to custom-designed photo albums and coffee table books.

Kansas City, MO(913) 601-7000

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The Headshot Studio

The Headshot Studio in Kansas City coaches an individual during the photography session to bring out his or her defining traits that will help project the professional’s desired image. Shea of The Headshot Studio points out on the business’s website that “headshots aren’t just for actors [and] models anymore.” She aims to help each person develop his or her “brand identity” with a powerful headshot. The company’s website also contains a section of tips for session preparation regarding hair and makeup, clothing, and accessory choices.

Olathe, MO(913) 492-8890

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Wirken Photography and Wirken Films

Wirken Photography and Wirken Films in Kansas City started in 2013 as a collaboration of photographers with skills in photojournalism and cinematography that specialize in capturing the beauty of naturally occurring moments that take place in weddings and among family members. In 2013, American Photo Magazine named Tyler Wirken, one of the business’s founding photographers, as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world.

Kansas City, MO(816) 582-8954

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